After receiving the highest number of entries ever for a Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, I am pleased to announce the 10 Virtual Classroom Tours that will be celebrated at the awards event at Microsoft Ltd headquarters in Reading. The judging proved to be a very difficult and challenging exercise, with every one of the 36 entries having more strengths than weaknesses, thus making it very difficult to chose only ten award winners. But, thankfully Kristen took on the ‘Simon Cowell’ role and managed to identify 10 fantastic projects.

The selected Virtual Classroom Tours are:

Virtual Classroom Tours Name School
Asian Tsunami James Kent Croseceliog Comprehensive
Guitar Hero Transition Ollie Bray Musselburgh Grammar School
How We See Grainne McGuigan Bowring community College
Young Voices Mandeep Atwal Shirelands College
Interactive Revision Chris Henderson saltash.net community school
Japan Suzie Allen saltash.net community school
Problèmes de l'environnement Gwenn Yvinec saltash.net community school
House of the Future James Allen West Monmouth Comprehensive
Natural World Sarah Richardson
Medi James
Alex Edwards

Pontnewydd Primary School
History of the School Simon Downing saltash.net community school

You can download all these VCTs on the Innovative Teachers Network site from this community.

So we have 10 great VCTs and 12 teachers. Yes, I couldn’t work that one out, but Kristen, being an English teacher, perhaps she can be forgiven? You can see from this list that saltash.net community school have done exceedingly well. Their teachers made a major and valuable contribution to imagethe forum. This is down to the way school has adopted the concept of Innovative Teachers and placed it at the core of their professional development. They also have Dan Roberts who won an award at the Worldwide ITF in Hong Kong and I suspect his success has had a motivating influence.

These 12 teachers will be attending an awards event at Microsoft Ltd headquarters next week. They will take part in an Innovative Teachers workshop and listen to a keynote from Guy Shearer, Head of Curriculum Design at the Special Schools and Academies Trust. We will also be announcing the four VCTS that will represent the UK at the European Innovative Teachers Forum, being held in Vienna in March. It promises to be a great event and we will share the outcomes with you in future posts.

Thank you to all of the teachers who participated, and we hope you all take a look at their projects on the Innovative Teachers Network.